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1 (2004): 245–248. 36. Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage, 1978). )Imagined American Frontier Barbara Gurr T he Old West provides a much-beloved and often-used framework for American popular culture. Consider the TV classic Gunsmoke (1955– 1975) or one of the many Westerns that defined Hollywood cinema for so long, probably something by John Ford, preferably starring John Wayne (you could substitute Clint Eastwood). Or . . maybe it’s the far, far away galaxy of the original Star Wars trilogy (1977, 1980, and 1983).

David Mogen, Wilderness Visions: The Western Theme in Science Fiction Literature (San Bernadino: Borgo Press, 1993): 17. 2. For a discussion on masculinity in American popular culture see Michael Kimmel, “The Cult of Masculinity: American Social Character and the Legacy of the Cowboy,” in Beyond Patriarchy, ed. Michael Kaufman, 235–249 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987). 3. com/attractions/ magic-kingdom/frontierland-shootin-arcade/ 4. Comer, Landscapes of the New West, 124–125. 5. , 125.

15. Vials, “The Origin of the Zombie in American Radio and Film,” 41–53. Organisms and Human Bodies as Contagions ● 29 16. Martha C. Nussbaum, Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004), 94. 17. ” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 44, no. 1 (2001): 29. 18. Richard Smith, “Battle Inside: Infection and the Modern Horror Film,” Cineaste (Winter 2009): 42–46. 19. Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1966), 36.

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